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  • noun The quality of being driven; drive; ambition.


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driven +‎ -ness


  • Sometimes I try to force God's hand in my "drivenness", wanting to be more like Him.

    Tree Story

  • It was my drivenness that caused my break-up with Nadezda.

    Once upon a life: Toby Litt

  • At that point I returned to writing with a drivenness I had never known.


  • For Clinton, except for his inexplicable publicness and apparent drivenness, too, is far from being the first of our leaders to fall into this trap.

    Rim Shots At History

  • Indeed, it turns out to be precisely this kind of instinctive drivenness that Nietzsche has partly in mind when he praises

    Nietzsche's Moral and Political Philosophy

  • Scrounging time for faith nourishment can press a doubter into drivenness—so that in our wild attempts to make the most of every minute of our time, we may lose eternity.

    If I Really Believe, Why Do I Have These Doubts?

  • I think that there's no way of understanding the complexity of this person, the magnetism he had, the drivenness of his life, the frenetic quality of the pace he lived, the politics he practiced.

    Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism

  • “The markedly driven patient who studies constantly and voices dissatisfaction with anything but perfect grades often distresses the parents who recognize the drivenness and hopelessly attempt to persuade the patient to work less and enjoy herself more” Mintz, 1983, p.

    Clinical Work with Adolescents

  • Not the wealth of excess and drivenness to prove or to power.

    The Full Feed from

  • You do the things that a person must do, but you are free from that obsessive, compulsive drivenness of your own desires.


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